Samurai Sentai Shinkenger
|Samurai Sentai Shinkenger|
Samurai Sentai Shinkenger title card
|Narrated by||Hironori Miyata|
|Opening theme||"Samurai Sentai Shinkenger" by Psychic Lover (Project.R)|
|Ending theme||"Shirokujimuchū Shinkenger" by Hideaki Takatori (Project.R)|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||49 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||24–25 minutes|
|Original network||TV Asahi|
|Original release||February 15, 2009– February 7, 2010|
|Preceded by||Engine Sentai Go-onger|
|Followed by||Tensou Sentai Goseiger|
Samurai Sentai Shinkenger (侍戦隊シンケンジャー Samurai Sentai Shinkenjā, [Note 1]) is the title of Toei Company's thirty-third entry in its long-running Super Sentai metaseries of Japanese tokusatsu television series. It premiered on February 15, 2009, the week following the finale of Engine Sentai Go-onger, and ended on February 7, 2010. It joined Kamen Rider Decade as a program featured in TV Asahi's Super Hero Time programming block, and following Decade's finale, it aired alongside Kamen Rider W. It incorporates elements from the Jidaigeki drama genre and Japanese themes and aesthetics. The catchphrase for the series is "Authorized by divine providence!!" (天下御免!! Tenkagomen!!).
Its footage and storyline was used for the American series Power Rangers Samurai and its follow up season, Super Samurai.
For eighteen generations, samurai of the Shiba House (志葉家 Shiba Ke) have suppressed the evil intentions of the Gedoushu, malevolent spirits that enter the world of the living from gaps between buildings and other structures. Now, Takeru Shiba, the youngest head of the Shiba Clan must gather his four vassals (家臣 kashin) in order to battle the Gedoushu under the revived Doukoku Chimatsuri as the Shinkengers. However, as they are joined by his childhood friend Genta, the vassals slowly learn that there's a reason for Takeru's behavior that sets him apart from his predecessors.
Using the mystical power known as "Modikara" (モヂカラ（文力） Mojikara, translated as "Character Power"), these six youths can transform into the Shinkengers to combat the Gedoushu.
- Takeru Shiba/Shinken Red (志葉 丈瑠／シンケンレッド Shiba Takeru/Shinken Reddo)
- The 18th head of the Shiba clan and descendant of feudal lords, Takeru was reared since childhood by Hikoma Kusakabe to accomplish his family's legacy. Though he is cold and strict, he also cares the most about his friends and their mission. His main weapon is the zanbatō.
- Ryunosuke Ikenami/Shinken Blue (池波 流ノ介／シンケンブルー Ikenami Ryūnosuke/Shinken Burū)
- Ryunosuke is a young man who gave up becoming a kabuki actor to answer the call of serving the Shiba clan. Due to his parents' upbringing, he is extremely enthusiastic and takes his role as Takeru's vassal seriously. His fierce loyalty and enthusiasm brings much comic relief. His main weapon is the yumi.
- Mako Shiraishi/Shinken Pink (白石 茉子／シンケンピンク Shiraishi Mako/Shinken Pinku)
- Mako is a strong-willed girl who fights for her own ideals. When she saw Takeru taking his responsibilities seriously, she decided to join the group. She loves children and worked at a kindergarten prior to becoming Takeru's vassal. Her main weapon is the war fan.
- Chiaki Tani/Shinken Green (谷 千明／シンケングリーン Tani Chiaki/Shinken Gurīn)
- Irresponsibility, selfishness and arrogance best describes this lazy young man. Chiaki had no interest in becoming Takeru's vassal and often clashes with him. He is a great strategist despite his delinquency, and comes to respect Takeru as a rival when he realizes the limits of his own abilities. His main weapon is the yari.
- Kotoha Hanaori/Shinken Yellow (花織 ことは／シンケンイエロー Hanaori Kotoha/Shinken Ierō)
- Kotoha is a gentle girl who worked in a bamboo shop and is skilled in both the flute and martial arts. She became Takeru's vassal in place of her older sister who fell ill. While her gentleness is criticized by Takeru, he is satisfied by her determination and willingness to do her part. Her main weapon is the land shuriken.
- Genta Umemori/Shinken Gold (梅盛 源太／シンケンゴールド Umemori Genta/Shinken Gōrudo)
- Genta is a childhood friend of Takeru, running his sushi stand and mastering his own personal Modikara.
The Gedoushu (外道衆 Gedōshū, translated as "Heretic Party") are malevolent spirits that dwell in the Sanzu River that try to escape through various gaps in the living world to cause mayhem and allow the Sanzu River to flood both the land of the living and the land of the dead. Their leading members live aboard the Rokumon Junk (六門船 Rokumonsen) and consist of Doukoku Chimatsuri, Tayu Usukawa and Shitari of the Bones. Under their control are the Ayakashi (アヤカシ) who enter the mortal world, assisted by the Nanashi Company. There is also the rogue Juzo Fuwa who acting on his interests and the mysterious Akumaro Sujigarano who has an agenda of his own.
The episodes are numbered as Acts (第～幕 Dai (Number) Maku) and completely written in kanji. Episodes of Kamen Rider Decade on July 12 and July 19, 2009, as well as Shinkenger Act 21, featured a crossover between the two series.
|1||"The Gallant Appearance of the Five Samurai"|
"Date Sugata Go Samurai" (伊達姿五侍)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||February 15, 2009|
|2||"The Stylish Combination"|
"Kiwametsuki Ikina Gattai" (極付粋合体)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||February 22, 2009|
|3||"An Extermination Skill Contest"|
"Udetaiji Udekurabe" (腕退治腕比)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||March 1, 2009|
|4||"Nightly Tears of Sympathy"|
"Yowanasake Namidagawa" (夜話情涙川)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||March 8, 2009|
|5||"The Kabuto Origami"|
"Kabuto Origami" (兜折神)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||March 15, 2009|
|6||"The Abusive King"|
|Yasuko Kobayashi||March 22, 2009|
"Kajiki Ippontsuri" (舵木一本釣)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||March 29, 2009|
|8||"The Brides are Spirited Away"|
"Hanayome Kamikakushi" (花嫁神隠)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||April 5, 2009|
|9||"The Tiger's Rebellion"|
"Tora no Hankōki" (虎反抗期)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||April 12, 2009|
|10||"The Great Sky Combination"|
"Daitenkū Gattai" (大天空合体)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||April 19, 2009|
|11||"A Threefold Strife"|
"Mitsudomoe Ōsōdō" (三巴大騒動)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||April 26, 2009|
|12||"The Very First Super Samurai Combination"|
"Shijō Hatsu Chō Samurai Gattai" (史上初超侍合体)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||May 3, 2009|
"Omoi Nakigoe" (重泣声)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||May 10, 2009|
|14||"The Foreign Samurai"|
"Ikoku no Samurai" (異国侍)
|Akatsuki Yamatoya||May 17, 2009|
|15||"The Imposter and the Real Deal's Arrest"|
"Nisemono Honmono Ōtorimono" (偽物本物大捕物)
|Daisuke Ishibashi||May 24, 2009|
|16||"The Power of the Kuroko"|
"Kuroko no Chikara" (黒子力)
|Akatsuki Yamatoya||May 31, 2009|
|17||"The Sushi Samurai"|
"Sushi Samurai" (寿司侍)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||June 7, 2009|
"Samurai Shūmei" (侍襲名)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||June 14, 2009|
|19||"Learning the Samurai Disposition"|
"Samuraigokoro Tenaraichū" (侍心手習中)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||June 28, 2009|
|20||"The Ebi Origami's Transformation"|
"Ebi Origami Henge" (海老折神変化)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||July 5, 2009|
|21||"The Father and Son Bears"|
|Yasuko Kobayashi||July 19, 2009|
"Tono Shitsuji" (殿執事)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||July 26, 2009|
|23||"The Rampaging Gedoushu"|
"Bōsō Gedōshū" (暴走外道衆)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||August 2, 2009|
|24||"The True Samurai Combination"|
"Shin Samurai Gattai" (真侍合体)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||August 9, 2009|
|25||"The Dream World"|
"Yume Sekai" (夢世界)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||August 16, 2009|
|26||"Decisive Match Number One"|
"Kessen Ōichiban" (決戦大一番)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||August 23, 2009|
|27||"The Switched Lives"|
"Irekae Jinsei" (入替人生)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||August 30, 2009|
|28||"The Lantern Samurai"|
"Chōchin Samurai" (提灯侍)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||September 6, 2009|
|29||"The Runaway Lantern"|
"Iede Chōchin" (家出提灯)
|Akatsuki Yamatoya||September 13, 2009|
|30||"The Manipulated Academy"|
"Ayatsuri Gakuen" (操学園)
|Daisuke Ishibashi||September 20, 2009|
|31||"The Kyoryu Origami"|
"Kyōryū Origami" (恐竜折神)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||September 27, 2009|
|32||"The Ushi Origami"|
"Ushi Origami" (牛折神)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||October 4, 2009|
|33||"The Great Bull King"|
|Yasuko Kobayashi||October 11, 2009|
|34||"Fatherly Love, Girlish Innocence"|
"Oyagokoro Musumegokoro" (親心娘心)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||October 18, 2009|
|35||"The Eleven Origami, The Complete Combination"|
"Jūichi Origami Zen Gattai" (十一折神全合体)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||October 25, 2009|
|36||"The Curry Samurai"|
"Karē Samurai" (加哩侍)
|Akatsuki Yamatoya||November 1, 2009|
|37||"The Epic Glue Battle"|
"Setchaku Daisakusen" (接着大作戦)
|Daisuke Ishibashi||November 8, 2009|
|38||"Showdown with the Rifle Squad"|
"Taiketsu Teppōtai" (対決鉄砲隊)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||November 15, 2009|
|39||"The Very Urgent First Aid Emergency"|
"Kyūkyū Kinkyū Daishikyū" (救急緊急大至急)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||November 22, 2009|
|40||"The General Heads to the Front Lines"|
"Ontaishō Shutsujin" (御大将出陣)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||November 29, 2009|
|41||"The Sent Words"|
"Okuru Kotoba" (贈言葉)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||December 6, 2009|
|42||"The Two-Hundred Year Long Ambition"|
"Nihyakunen no Yabō" (二百年野望)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||December 13, 2009|
|43||"One Last Sword Stroke"|
"Saigo no Hitotachi" (最後一太刀)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||December 20, 2009|
|44||"The Eighteenth Head of the Shiba House"|
"Shiba Ke Jūhachidaime Tōshu" (志葉家十八代目当主)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||January 3, 2010|
|Yasuko Kobayashi||January 10, 2010|
|46||"The Showdown Clash"|
"Gekitotsu Ōshōbu" (激突大勝負)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||January 17, 2010|
|Yasuko Kobayashi||January 24, 2010|
|48||"The Final Great Decisive Battle"|
"Saigo no Daikessen" (最後大決戦)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||January 31, 2010|
|Final||"A Samurai Sentai Eternally"|
"Samurai Sentai Eien ni" (侍戦隊永遠)
|Yasuko Kobayashi||February 7, 2010|
The Fateful War
The film Samurai Sentai Shinkenger the Movie: The Fateful War (侍戦隊シンケンジャー銀幕版 天下分け目の戦 Samurai Sentai Shinkenjā Ginmakuban Tenkawakeme no Tatakai) opened in Japanese theaters on August 8, 2009, double-billed with the Kamen Rider Decade film. Unlike previous films, it was filmed in 3-D, and is the first film in Japan to be filmed digitally in 3-D. A normal 2-D version is being shown in most theaters in Japan. The events of the movie take place between Acts 24 and 25.
Shinkenger vs. Go-onger
The film Samurai Sentai Shinkenger vs. Go-onger: Ginmaku Bang!! (侍戦隊シンケンジャーVSゴーオンジャー銀幕BANG!! Samurai Sentai Shinkenjā Bui Esu Gōonjā Ginmakuban) was released in theaters on January 30, 2010, featuring a crossover between the Shinkenger and Go-onger casts and characters. The heroes of Tensou Sentai Goseiger make a cameo appearance in the film. The events of the movie take place between Acts 35 and 36.
Goseiger vs. Shinkenger
The film Tensou Sentai Goseiger vs. Shinkenger: Epic on Ginmaku (天装戦隊ゴセイジャーVSシンケンジャー エピック on 銀幕 Tensō Sentai Goseijā Bui Esu Shinkenjā Epikku on Ginmaku) was released in theaters on January 22, 2011, featuring a crossover between the Goseiger and Shinkenger casts and characters. The heroes of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger make a cameo appearance in the film.
Kyuranger vs. Space Squad
Uchu Sentai Kyuranger vs. Space Squad (宇宙戦隊キュウレンジャーVSスペース・スクワッド Uchū Sentai Kyūrenjā Bāsasu Supēsu Sukuwaddo) is a V-Cinema release that features a crossover between Uchu Sentai Kyuranger and Space Squad. Aside from the main cast of Kyuranger, Yuma Ishigaki and Hiroaki Iwanaga (Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie), Yuka Hirata (Juken Sentai Gekiranger), Mitsuru Karahashi (Samurai Sentai Shinkenger), Kei Hosogai (Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger) and Ayame Misaki (Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters) return to reprise their respective roles. The V-Cinema will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 8, 2018.
Samurai Sentai Shinkenger: The Light Samurai's Surprise Transformation (侍戦隊シンケンジャー光侍驚変身 Samurai Sentai Shinkenjā Hikari no Samurai Odoroki Henshin) is a special DVD that is used to show some of the items in the series. The events of the specials take place between Acts 35 and 36.
Genta finds a starved member of the Nanashi Company who tells Genta that he has run away from the Rokumon Junk after being sick of his Company being abused by the stronger Gedoushu. Feeling sorry for him, Genta takes him back to the Shiba House and tries to get him a job. After Takeru refuses to help due to the fact that he is a member of the Gedoushu, Genta attempts to prove Takeru wrong about the Nanashi with the help of the kuroko. However, after nearly burning to death, the Nanashi feels that he is a lost cause, believing he is doomed to fail. Genta encourages him not to give up. The next day, Takeru discovers that the Inromaru and the Super Disk are gone along with the Nanashi. Remembering the Nanashi's love for chirashizushi, Genta lures him out with it and is shocked that the Nanashi has stolen the Inromaru.
While telling Genta another sob story, the Nanashi sucker punches him before using the Inromaru to turn into Super Nanashi. Super Nanashi reveals that he has used Genta to steal the Inromaru, and he adds on that he never liked Genta's sushi. Enraged, Genta transforms into Shinken Gold and with Shinken Red fights the Super Nanashi. The two are no match for Super Nanashi until Shinken Gold uses the Kyoryu Disk to become Hyper Shinken Gold. With his newfound power, he and Shinken Red are able to slay Super Nanashi and retrieve the Inromaru. After the fight, Genta is still disappointed that he believed Super Nanashi along with the Company member insulting sushi. Takeru cheers him up by requesting a piece of sushi and enjoying it, raising Genta's spirits.
In June 2010, the V-Cinema release Samurai Sentai Shinkenger Returns: Special Act (帰ってきた侍戦隊シンケンジャー 特別幕 Kaettekita Samurai Sentai Shinkenjā: Tokubetsu Maku) was released. The Shinkengers are attacked by a remnant Gedoushu Ayakashi who traps them in various film genres. The events of the movie take place between Acts 43 and 44.
- Takeru Shiba (志葉 丈瑠 Shiba Takeru): Tori Matsuzaka (松坂 桃李 Matsuzaka Tōri)
- Ryunosuke Ikenami (池波 流ノ介 Ikenami Ryūnosuke): Hiroki Aiba (相葉 弘樹 Aiba Hiroki)
- Mako Shiraishi (白石 茉子 Shiraishi Mako): Rin Takanashi (高梨 臨 Takanashi Rin)
- Chiaki Tani (谷 千明 Tani Chiaki): Shogo Suzuki (鈴木 勝吾 Suzuki Shōgo)
- Kotoha Hanaori (花織 ことは Hanaori Kotoha): Suzuka Morita (森田 涼花 Morita Suzuka)
- Genta Umemori (梅盛 源太 Umemori Genta): Keisuke Sohma (相馬 圭祐 Sōma Keisuke)
- Hikoma Kusakabe (日下部 彦馬 Kusakabe Hikoma): Goro Ibuki (伊吹 吾郎 Ibuki Gorō)
- Kaoru Shiba (志葉 薫 Shiba Kaoru): Runa Natsui (夏居 瑠奈 Natsui Runa)
- Toshizo Tanba (丹波 歳三 Tanba Toshizō): Kazuyuki Matsuzawa (松澤 一之 Matsuzawa Kazuyuki)
- Juzo Fuwa (腑破 十臓 Fuwa Jūzō): Mitsuru Karahashi (唐橋 充 Karahashi Mitsuru)
- Doukoku Chimatsuri (血祭 ドウコク Chimatsuri Dōkoku, Voice): Rintarō Nishi (西 凛太朗 Nishi Rintarō)
- Tayu Usukawa (薄皮 太夫 Usukawa Dayū, Voice): Romi Park (朴 璐美 Paku Romi)
- In episodes 25 and 40, Romi Park appeared on screen as Usuyuki, Dayu's original human form.
- Shitari of the Bones (骨のシタリ Hone no Shitari, Voice): Chō (チョー)
- Akumaro Sujigarano (筋殻 アクマロ Sujigarano Akumaro, Voice): Ryō Horikawa (堀川 りょう Horikawa Ryō)
- Secret Lantern DaiGoyou (秘伝提灯ダイゴヨウ Hiden Chōchin Daigoyō, Voice): Kōichi Tōchika (遠近 孝一 Tōchika Kōichi)
- Narration, Sushi Changer Voice, Inromaru Voice: Hironori Miyata (宮田 浩徳 Miyata Hironori)
- Opening theme
- "Samurai Sentai Shinkenger" (侍戦隊シンケンジャー Samurai Sentai Shinkenjā)
- Ending theme
- "Shirokujimuchū Shinkenger" (四六時夢中 シンケンジャー Shirokujimuchū Shinkenjā, "Dreaming 24/7, Shinkenger")
- "Shirokujimuchū Shinkenger ~Ginmakuban~" (四六時夢中 シンケンジャー～銀幕版～ Shirokujimuchū Shinkenjā ~Ginmakuban~, "Dreaming 24/7, Shinkenger (Movie Version)")
- Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
- Composition: Hideaki Takatori
- Arrangement: Project.R (Hiroaki Kagoshima)
- Artist: Shinkengers (Tori Matsuzaka, Hiroki Aiba, Rin Takanashi, Shogo Suzuki, Suzuka Morita, Keisuke Sohma) & Hideaki Takatori
- Episodes: 21-28
The opening and ending themes of Shinkenger are performed by Psychic Lover and Hideaki Takatori as part of Project.R, respectively. The opening is also featured as a playable song in Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Do Don to 2 Daime.
Its opening theme song single ranked highly on the Oricon charts, reaching #4 on the Daily Ranking Charts on its day of release. and peaked at #6 on the weekly charts selling 20,130 copies within its first week of release and stayed in the top 30 ranks for 4 weeks straight.
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